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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Resolving civil disputes through mediation or litigation – civil disputes are a fact of life. Expensive, ongoing legal battles are not. The McVeagh Fleming team is qualified and motivated to bring a speedy resolution to your civil disputes through mediation and, if necessary, litigation.

Civil Disputes

Civil disputes often require expert advice in a specialised legal area, and sound knowledge of civil court procedures. McVeagh Fleming’s litigation team understand the procedural aspects of the legal system to ensure that it is used to produce the best available outcome for our clients in the most efficient manner possible.

Mediation and Arbitration

McVeagh Fleming is aware that pursuing litigation can be expensive and stressful for all parties concerned. Therefore, where mediation or arbitration can be followed to provide speedy and efficient settlement, we will pursue (and encourage other parties to pursue) a solution that enables the parties to sit down together and attempt to reach an acceptable solution.

Recent Insights

September 2021

Recovering Money During Lockdown in the Construction Industry

Many in the construction industry will be feeling frustrated at the latest lockdown slowing down projects and progress. Fortunately, not everything has to be put on pause. The Construction Contracts Act 2002 ("CCA") provides ways to recover money during lockdown.
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September 2020

High Court Finds Level 4 'Lockdown' Unlawful for First Nine Days, Considers Lawfulness of Non-Essential Business Closures

The High Court has found that the Government's announcement of an Alert Level 4 'Lockdown' for four weeks from 26 March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic was unlawful and potentially unenforceable for the first nine days (Borrowdale v Director-General of Health [2020] NZHC 2090). The Court also reviewed the closure of all non-essential businesses, which is significant for business owners hoping to file civil liability claims for lost revenue during this period.
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March 2020

How are the Courts Operating During the Covid-19 Lockdown?

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Helen Winkelmann, has assured the legal profession and members of the public that the Courts will be operational during all Covid-19 alert levels, including lockdown during alert level 4: "Courts are an essential service. New Zealand courts must continue to uphold the rule of law and to ensure that fair trial rights, the right to natural justice and rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act are upheld."
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